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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Nov 03 2023 12:02pm

 Welcome back to Tribal Apocalypse!

   Table of Contents 

  1. Last Week on Tribal Apocalypse...
  2. The High Price of Winning
  3. Announcements
  4. What's Next

Check the full archive for the "Diaries of the Apocalypse" series


 Next event on Tribal Apocalypse is the number 666 of the Blippian Era! To celebrate the number, we'll do a special event with the following rules:

  1. Only Demon or Devil decks are allowed (you can still include other creature types off-tribe).
  2. The format is Legacy.
  3. No extra card is banned (only the Legacy bans from DCI are in effect).

 A cheekier version would have been to allow only Beast. But guys like these don't exactly feel lilke they belong to the spirit of the event.



  • Event Number: Week 665 BE
  • Date: October 28
  • Attendance: 7
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Halloween
  • Winner: Takeoutree with Wraith
  • 1-loss: Nagarjuna with Vampire, AJ_Impy with Wraith
  • Dark Horse Prize: Quarrenn with Eye
  • Tribes: Eye, Rat, Skeleton, Vampire (x2), Wraith (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Last year's Halloween Special was appropriately conquered by the Phyrexians. It remained very topical this year too, given that the first place went to the Wraiths, recently boosted by their Lord of the Rings counterparts, the Nazgûl. Such a list had already won an event last July, by the hand of AJ_Impy. Now it was the turn of Takeoutree to field 16 Nazgûl rather than the canonical 9.


 Our Halloween parade was small but still varied, encompassing such classics as Vampires, Wraiths, Skeletons, and even the marvelous oddity of a Rat list that was actually composed of bona fide Relentless Rats, which we commonly use as a placeholder "tribe" on Gatherling when the deck has too many unrecognized cards. The most Halloween-y of them all was this Eye deck by Quarrenn. What conveys the most macabre fun than a bunch of disembodied eyeballs?



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of November 3, 2023):

  • Takeoutree's Wraiths: $9.81
  • Quarrenn's Eyes: $11.42

 The Top 10 Cheapest Decks that Went Undefeated

  1. -DiamondDust-'s Dinosaurs, $0.98, 2nd place on Event 539
  2. SirFalcon2008's Goblins, $1.54, 1st place on Event 389
  3. mihahitlor's Warriors, $1.95, 1st place on Event 233
  4. morpphling's Vampires, $2.25, 1st place on Event 285
  5. morpphling's Goblins, $2.35, 2nd place on Event 102
  6. JogandoPelado's Berserkers, $2.80, 1st place on Event 248
  7. kokonade1000's Berserkers, $2.95, 2nd place on Event 354
  8. MisterMojoRising's Beasts, $.3.01, 1st place on Event 484
  9. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.32, 1st place on Event 154
  10. Bandit Keith's Soldiers, $3.48, 1st place on Event 422

 The Top 5 Cheapest Non-Goblin Decks that Went Undefeated

  1. -DiamondDust-'s Dinosaurs, $0.98, 2nd place on Event 539
  2. mihahitlor's Warriors, $1.95, 1st place on Event 233
  3. morpphling's Vampires, $2.25, 1st place on Event 285
  4. JogandoPelado's Berserkers, $2.80, 1st place on Event 248
  5. kokonade1000's Berserkers, $2.95, 2nd place on Event 354

 NOTES: not adjusted to current prices; data collected since Event 85; Penny Dreadful events aren't counted.


 Just to remind you of a few things:

 The Up-and-Coming Virtual Plaque: When a tribe wins an event for the first time ever (losing Unhallowed status), its pilot will get bragging rights.

 The New Kids on the Block Imaginary Commemorative Plate: When a new tribe is introduced in the game, or reaches enough members to be played as a proper tribe (i.e. at least 3 members, so you can build a deck that features 4 copies of each plus 8 Changeling creatures), the first player to score a match win with it will get everyone's respect. You'll need a hard win, not a BYE or a win by no-show of your opponent. Tribes currently eligible: none. 

 The Hamtastic Trophy: The Biodiversity distinction dedicated to the memory of Erik Friborg is awarded to each player who registers the most different tribes (except Human, Elf, and Goblin) during the year. But there are also Magic Online Player Rewards Packs to be won! For every 10 different tribes registered in a Tribal Apocalypse event during the same year, the player will get 10 Player Rewards Packs. All Swiss rounds of the event must be played, though, no early drop allowed if you want the prize.

 The Top Players Lockout: Every time a Top Player (either a Google Era Top 8, an Ultimate Champion/Tribal Player of the Year, or a seasonal Top 8) will end undefeated in a specific format, they will not be allowed to register the same tribe and deck in that format again for 3 events (i.e. they'll have to register a different deck three times before coming back to the undefeated one). In some cases, specific combo or archetype-defining cards will also be locked out. A list of the current lockouts is maintained here.

 We're on Discord! Join us from here, chat about tribal things with other tribal players and arrange tribal games on MTGO all week long! (Or your can just keep using our Google Sheets bulletin board).


 The upcoming Tribal Apocalypse events of the Blippian Era (every Saturday at 17:00 GMT):

  • 13.43 (Week 666 BE), on November 4: Demonic
  • 13.44 (Week 667 BE), on November 11: Standard
  • 13.45 (Week 668 BE), on November 18: Modern
  • 13.46 (Week 669 BE), on November 25: Legacy

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar.


Art disclaimers. Revel in Riches art by Eric Deschamps; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.